From Medieval Latin ultimatus ‎(furthest, last), past participle of Latin ultimare ‎(to come to an end), from ultimus ‎(last, final); see ultra-.


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  1. Final; last in a series.
    • 1677, Robert Plot, “Of the Heavens and Air”, in The natural history of Oxford-shire: Being an Essay Toward the Natural History of England[1], page 15:
      [] they [the sounds of an echo] next strike the ultimate secondary object, then the penultimate and antepenultimate; []
  2. (of a syllable) Last in a word or other utterance.
  3. Being the greatest possible; maximum; most extreme.
    the ultimate pleasure
    the ultimate disappointment
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  4. Being the most distant or extreme; farthest.
  5. That will happen at some time; eventual.
  6. Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final.
    • Coleridge
      those ultimate truths and those universal laws of thought which we cannot rationally contradict
  7. Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental.
    an ultimate constituent of matter


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ultimate ‎(plural ultimates)

  1. The most basic or fundamental of a set of things
  2. The final or most distant point; the conclusion
  3. The greatest extremity; the maximum
  4. (uncountable) The sport of ultimate frisbee.


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From English.


  • IPA(key): /ˈultimɑte/
  • Hyphenation: ul‧ti‧ma‧te



  1. ultimate frisbee (game)


Inflection of ultimate (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative ultimate ultimatet
genitive ultimaten ultimatejen
partitive ultimatea ultimateja
illative ultimateen ultimateihin
singular plural
nominative ultimate ultimatet
accusative nom. ultimate ultimatet
gen. ultimaten
genitive ultimaten ultimatejen
partitive ultimatea ultimateja
inessive ultimatessa ultimateissa
elative ultimatesta ultimateista
illative ultimateen ultimateihin
adessive ultimatella ultimateilla
ablative ultimatelta ultimateilta
allative ultimatelle ultimateille
essive ultimatena ultimateina
translative ultimateksi ultimateiksi
instructive ultimatein
abessive ultimatetta ultimateitta
comitative ultimateineen


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